Apart from Brink have some of you actually USED a netbook -- with an SSD they are quite capable of running a few simultaneous even quite complex applications like say EXCEL spreadsheets etc - and you can run typical office type stuff easily enough.
With HDMI output the screen resolution argument doesn't wash since you can always plug a decent netbook into a decent size monitor. For travelling I found a netbook absolutely ideal -- with a Hotel decent size LCD TV used as an external monitor I could even run apps like Photoshop without too much of a problem. (Most Hotels I use have decent Samsung LCD TV's in the rooms and these work perfectly as external monitors with HDMI input too.
Most live TV unless it's sport is 100% really rubbish these days - especially the French channels I get in Belgium or France so using the computer with the hotel LCD TV is a much better idea).
I've now got an Ultrabook -- but I used very happily a small ACER Aspire 1 10 inch netbook for about a year and a half -- mega light for travelling -- fitted with an SSD and 4 GB RAM and running W8 it booted faster than some more powerful desktops and playing movies etc was ideal.
(Considerably cheaper too than some of these silly tablets which really aren't even as good as a smart phone -- IMO a totally pointless device which I'm sure is only going through a short period of popularity as they are new and a sort of "boys Toy".)
As for an Ipad -- I could have bought TWO Acer aspire 1 netbooks and STILL have some change left over.
Ultrabooks are IMO the next wave -- but these will hurt you wallet -- however they are worth every single cent / penny / rouble or whatever. Beats most desktops and certainly tablets hands down.
Sales of Netbooks are declining - they've probably outlived their usefulness since the Ultrabooks are available --light, extremely powerful and very very portable --just what you need when travelling.
I didn't regret my time at all with the netbook. Anybody who's a regular traveller on trains and planes will appreciate the small form factor sitting on a long flight from London to LA - especially if travelling in "Cattle Class" at the back of the plane. A "Standard" heavy laptop with its 15 inch screen was just what you DIDN'T want or need in these circumstances -- netbooks were the only viable alternative at that time.
I absolute rave over my new machine - with USB3 ports, 8GB RAM, 250 GB SSD and an I7 processor it can do everything I need of even a large desktop and the built in graphics is good enough to drive even a HUGE LCD screen in HD mode too.
It's almost as light as my old netbook and certainly a little bit thinner too !!!!.
No way would I waste my money on a tablet -- I'm happy with my Samsing Galaxy IIIs phone (US guys you'd better get yours quick before sales are stopped in US after another Apple court case).